Hillary Clinton has become the latest Democratic presidential candidate to use test scores in her election campaign to try to get teachers to teach her message.
The former Secretary of State’s campaign says she’s trying to make teachers teach the importance of her education and her policies, especially her education policies, by using student test results in classrooms.
“She is using student scores as a tool to push her agenda,” said Tad Devine, a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign.
The candidate’s campaign also claims the tests show that she has a “robust” education record, saying her grades in math and reading are “excellent”.
The campaign said its testing program is “designed to get more teachers to adopt and implement our education agenda, to create more students and families in better, more engaged, and better-equipped schools.”
Devine’s claim comes as the Clinton team is trying in other ways to win over teachers, particularly those who may not be familiar with Clinton’s policy platform.
Earlier this week, the Clinton presidential campaign released a new video that features an interview with a teacher who said her student score was “poor” and she needed to improve.
In the video, the teacher describes how the Clinton education plan “won’t solve our challenges” and says her student scores have been “poor for years”.
But the Clinton spokesperson told The Verge that the “accurate, rigorous” teacher’s report was “not used in the campaign”.
In response to The Verge’s question, Devine said: “It’s a good question, because it’s not used in any of our campaigns.”
The Clinton campaign is attempting to push the issue in the public eye as well.
In a letter to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Devines spokesman argued that the Clinton administration “has been trying to get teacher certification programs to change to reflect our educational goals, including in schools where we have the lowest student test score”.
He said that “despite repeated requests, the Department of Education is refusing to work with school districts that have not fully implemented their own certification systems.”
In response, the AP asked a spokesperson at the Department to explain how the Department had not worked with school boards to change their certification systems.
The spokesperson replied that the Department “is working to update and expand existing school certification systems across the country to better reflect the evolving needs of our students.”
Devines spokesperson also claimed that the campaign is trying “to get schools to sign off on a test score report that has no value or context, instead of relying on the most accurate information available”.
“The Clinton campaign does not have a policy of endorsing a single test,” Devines said in a statement.
“They have made it clear that they do not support testing and have no plans to do so in the future.”
The campaign has previously claimed that it has been “working with” districts to help them “sign off on” the tests, but the campaign did not specify what they have said about that.
This week, Devined said that the Clintons “will continue to use a variety of tools to engage teachers to help make our education system better, and we’re confident they will be successful in doing so.”
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Devines claims have been echoed in a letter from the Office of Personnel Management, which also said that it is “working to ensure that all agencies have the tools and tools necessary to meet their accountability responsibilities.”
It added that the Office is “committed to working with states to implement a set of national accountability standards and a range of other measures to ensure accountability and transparency in government and to ensure federal agencies and the American public have access to the most complete, up-to-date information.”
A spokesperson for President Donald Trump did not respond to a request for comment.